Arkansas’ food scene has been blessed by these long-standing, beloved dining destinations. From home-grown catfish at Lassis Inn to mouth-watering steak at Doe’s Eat Place, these five restaurants have made a name for themselves over their many years in business. No matter which restaurant(s) you choose to try, these treasured favorites are sure exceed expectations.

1. Doe’s Eat Place – Try the Tamales

Doe’s, a former hangout of President Bill Clinton and his staffers, is an unassuming steakhouse located in the heart of downtown. The no-frills eatery is famous for their perfectly cooked Porterhouse and housemade hot tamales served with chili on the side.

Vince Palermo
Although Doe’s huge, juicy steaks have diners flocking in, its the tamales that solidified this restaurant as a foodie destination.


2. Franke’s – Pie Heaven

Don’t be surprised if most diners are on a first-name basis at Franke’s. The cafeteria-style eatery has been a mainstay on the Little Rock food scene, known for their variety of Southern favorites.

Vince Palermo
Step back in time at Franke’s 98-year-old Southern cafeteria. Fill your tray with whatever your heart desires, but be sure that includes a slice of Chocolate Pie.


3. The Oyster Bar - Best Gumbo

The Oyster Bar has become a Little Rock establishment after being open for over 40 years. Some of the menu favorites include the legendary shrimp gumbo and their signature Cat-touffee. Pro tip: Remember to bring a few quarters for the retro jukebox!

Vince Palermo

The Oyster Bar, a hole-in-the-wall Little Rock institution, is known for its delicious gumbo.


4. Sims Bar-B-Que – Barbecue Legend

Allen and Amelia Sims opened the original Sims in 1937. Since then, the barbecue joint has made a name for itself for their spectacular ribs and world famous Sims Bar-B-Que sauce. Be sure to grab a bottle for keeps.

Vince Palermo
Sims Bar-B-Que is one of the most famous barbecue joints in Arkansas; try everything (twice).


5. Lassis Inn – Famous for Catfish

A recent inductee to the Arkansas Food Hall of Fame, this little blue building has been serving up some of the state’s best catfish since 1905. Crowd favorites include the Big Bone Buffalo plate and the catfish filets.

Vince Palermo
You can’t visit Arkansas without having some catfish, and there’s no better place to do so than Little Rock’s famous Lassis Inn.